Students blast Trinity College over Erasmus confusion

Rachel Power

Students at Trinity College lashed out at the university offices for their “astounding” lack of coordination regarding their Erasmus programmes.

The University Times reported that the application deadline for a Study Abroad scheme, which is the non-EU equivalent to an Erasmus, was November 29. But students stated that the college departments did little to communicate about how to apply.

Students across the university felt that the application process was complicated and left many aspects unexplained.

Louisa Klatt, the psychology convenor for Trinity College Students’ Union told the University Times that she has had “people asking me about the grade requirement,” but the fact that they don’t know anything about it is a reason why “they don’t apply.”

Students applying for an Erasmus had to obtain a nomination from their department Erasmus coordinator, but students found they were given conflicting information on how to obtain these.

Oliver Ryan, a third-year political science and history student emailed the University Times and stated that he was only made aware that he would be unable to do “modules in the Hamburg political science department.”

This came to his attention a week before he was due to leave for Hamburg and will “prohibit [me] from majoring in political science in my final year.”

Trinity College’s student mobility officer Elina Mats said that “two major information sessions were held on the 5th and 7th of November,” and were promoted throughout the campus and on social media.

“We believe students were provided with comprehensive information,” stated Mats and added that the information was available on the universities website.

However, some students that are now abroad described the experience as “traumatic” with one student stating that they were told in sessions regarding the programme that, “the number one person responsible for your exchange is you.”

Sadhbh McGarry, a third-year law student in Maynooth applied for her Erasmus programme and found the process different to the difficulty Trinity students have experienced.

She said that she had to meet with a coordinator and make an application listing her top three universities and a 500-word essay on why she chose the one she wanted most.

“It was easy enough,” she said, and has since been approved for an Erasmus programme.

Students have said that the lack of information provided about organising their own Erasmus programmes from their respective departments, has put them off participating in schemes in the future.

Rachel Power

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